The people who grow our food ought to be paid properly—and not just the people who own the land and pay the workers.
Being a farmer is hard work! Caring for crops requires consistent physical and mental energy. Furthermore, to be a farmer is to surrender to forces that one cannot control. A farmer can do their best to prepare for success, but storms, infestations, crazy neighbors, volatile market conditions and other obstacles beyond their control can greatly impact revenues, costs and profitability.
In addition, once crops are harvested and sold, buyers will often delay or discount payments, which makes it difficult for farmers to plant their crops for the next season.
I know this next statement is obvious, but it should be something we remember at every meal of our lives...
Farmers grow the food we eat.
Their efforts eventually become our organs, our brains, our cells—our life force. Our children put these products into their bodies. To systematically disrespect and disregard the people who grow our food is to disrespect ourselves.
It's about time that the prices we pay farmers reflect the value that they bring to society. Just because it's a profession that “anyone can do” and doesn't necessarily require a degree from a prestigious university, that doesn't mean it should be disrespected or uncompensated.
Society should celebrate the people who dedicate their lives to creating abundance for the rest of us. This celebration doesn't just come in the form of saying grace at a meal, or making a Facebook post. It comes in the form of paying them really well for their efforts and the products created. This is an excellent step for human evolution.
Farmers have been screwed across cultures around the world for thousands of years. This is a mirror. It reflects the deep-rooted sickness of our culture, and the inability of humanity to properly value and respect themselves.
Our purpose at Producers Market is to create a new structure that properly compensates farmers. We believe that if farmers (especially organic farmers) are taken care of economically, more people will choose to go into the farming profession, leading to more abundance of organic food for everyone.